Originally posted by rock427
Originally posted by woogleuk
reply to post by rock427
Any rifle that has changeable magazine (or belt fed in some cases) and can fire semi or fully auto in constant or burst, any idiot could
probably Google that info anyway
That is the basic definition of an assault weapon. A weapon that can fire automatically. Those are already banned in the United States.
Only people with a Class III License can own and operate an automatic weapon. It is true that semi-autos "can" be fitted to fire auto. However, that
is already illegal without the proper license. so assault rifles are already banned to 99% of the public here.
Semi-Autos however are not assault rifles, as they do not fire burst rounds or automatically. Now that we can differentiate between between assault
grade rifles and non-assault grade rifles, there is no need to ban any guns at all. Unless you're srsly entertaining the idea of banning semi-autos.
(Semi-autos equate to 99.9% of all guns out there.)
edit on 6-1-2013 by rock427 because: (no reason given)
With all due respect, the statement about the class 3 license is technically incorrect. The process to obtain a transferable machine gun is not that
difficult. The steps are...you find a class 3 dealer. Find the firearm you intend to purchase. Then, you complete an B.A.T.F.E form 1. along with the
form 1 you send a check or money order in the amount of $200 usd. They will send you a confirmation, you then go and schedule an interview with your
primary local law enforcement official, typically the county sheriff. You in form them of what you are purchasing, they fingerprint you and give you a
form that you send back to the ATF. In about 4-6 weeks ( in the real world, more like 6-8 months) they will send you a tax stamp for that particular
firearm (or suppressor, etc) Note, this process is done for each class 3 item.
The other restrictions are that it has to be a transferable machine gun. One of the main qualifying markers is it has to have been manufactured prior
to 1968. Anything made after that is not available to the public, except for class 3 dealers, as dealer samples.
So, they are accessible to anyone who can legally own a firearm, if they want to go through the intensive background check and interview process, be
on an atf list and pay 200 bucks per item. These particular weapons are registered with the feds. They are heavily regulated and I do not think a
single one of them has ever been used in any type of crime.